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Only 60 per cent of bosses to five employees day off for Royal wedding

Bosses in Northern Ireland are the most likely to let their staff have a day off next month to celebrate the Royal wedding compared with bosses in England and Scotland, according to a survey.

On average, 60 per cent of companies will close their offices for the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The average in the UK is a little less than 55 per cent with company bosses in Scotland less likely to give staff time off, the research revealed.

Technically, April 29 has been declared a public holiday in the UK, but businesses are not obliged to grant staff a day off. Of the 500-plus SMEs surveyed in the UK, almost two in every five said that they would be open for business as usual if the public holiday was not made the law, the survey found.

Managing director of Irish firm, Close Invoice Finance, Harry Parkinson, said that he felt the lack of generosity seen in some bosses was down to the current economic climate. He said that the split across the UK in terms of regional attitudes towards the Royal wedding day were interesting but put it down to some business being in a no-win situation. He continued that many just cannot afford to allow employees to take any unnecessary leave, especially since businesses are already struggling to recover from the recession and have been hit by the big VAT increase in January.

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